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5 Ways to Make Your Small Yard Look Bigger

Category : Lawn Care

Having a small yard can be hard to accept if we love to spend time outdoors enjoying it but there are many simple landscaping and lawn care tips that can be done to create the illusion of more space where there is none. Some of them simple while others might be a bit more challenging.
Landscaping

Landscaping includes using the right trees for a smaller yard are key to making it appear bigger. The softscaping technique of using trees that grow tall rather than wide and maintain a thin shape won’t devour all the space in a yard. This softscaping method will also draw the eyes upwards instead of out when the yard is viewed. Lawncare is also important since an overgrown or out of control yard can create density.
Fencing

Unless it is necessary to have a fence, avoiding a fence can create the illusion of more yard. It creates a trick of the eye that makes the open space outside of the yard appear to be part of it. Even though that outside area may belong to a neighbor, farm, field, park or other areas, it creates expansion.
Small and Functional Furnishings

Choose the furnishings that will be placed in the yard wisely. Selecting smaller pieces of furniture that will fit better into the smaller landscape can create the illusion of more space because less is being occupied by bulky furniture. Also selecting furniture that can be easily folded up, disassembled or put away allows for more room as necessary.
Transition Seamlessly

Take a cue from warm weather dwellers who maintain homes that seem to have a flow from inside to outside will create a bigger feel to a small yard. The use of sliding doors and softscaping ideas such as flowering plants can give the optical illusion that there is more space than what is there.
Tiers and Levels

Hardscaping that includes multiple levels can create trick the eyes into thinking there is more space because the landscape is ascending or descending. Perhaps a patio table descends to a tier with a chair or two and a firepit, then the next level some plantings. These hardscaping tiers can also function as extra spots for guests to hang out, mingle, set a drink down or lean against while enjoying the beauty of a small yard. This type of hardscaping project takes a bit more time and energy to create but can be well worth the effort.
In Conclusion

While having a small yard can be inconvenient for parties and get-togethers, it is easy to create an illusion and trick those who view it into believing it is larger than it is. With a few minor adjustments in lawn care and landscaping, a small yard can feel large.


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lawn mowed with stripes

5 Decorative Mowing Patterns to Try

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Your lawn is a very important piece of how others perceive your home. It is no surprise that many homeowners spend a considerable amount of time and/or money to make their lawns look nice. Lawn patterns are one way to make your lawn stand out. They can also be used to hide irregularities or damaged areas of grass. With the right tools and some creativity, you can have the best lawn on the block.

Stripes

This is the most commonly used mowing pattern for homeowners. It makes lawns look nice and neat. It is also the simplest pattern to create. To create the striped pattern, use a mower with a roller attached. Then mow back and forth between the ends of the lawn.

Checkerboard

A checkerboard is a more intricate pattern than simple stripes, but it is also fairly easy to create. It is a bit more time-consuming, and you will want to make sure you keep the blades of the lawnmower at a high enough height so that the grass can be mowed twice. To create the checkerboard, mow a stripe pattern either horizontally or vertically across your landscape. Then create a second set of stripes on top of the first, running perpendicular.

Diamond

A diamond pattern is very similar to a checkerboard pattern. The difference is that instead of making the second set of lines perpendicular, you will just make them diagonal compared to the first set of lines. This creates an elegant twist to the diamond pattern.

Bullseye

A bullseye is almost impossible to do with a push mower on a large lawn. However, a small lawn can become a bullseye with a push mower easily. Begin at the center of your yard and mow in a large circle. Then mow adjacent circles, working outwards towards the edge of the lawn, while alternating directions for each circle. The bullseye will take some practice but is impressive when done correctly.

Complex Patterns

In large lawns, it might be desirable to use a bullseye in one section and a diamond pattern in another, based on other landscaping items. Once you have mastered the simpler designs, you can build custom, complex patterns on your own.

For some, making patterns while mowing the grass may seem excessive. However, making these types of patterns can take a monotonous chore and make this type of maintenance a bit more enjoyable and fun.


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